Next weekends line up at the Stables, Mullingar
The Stables, Mullingar


24th SONGWRITER 8 – Unplugged in Mullingar (Monthly unplugged showcase in the Stables venue – No stage, no PA, listening audience) **

Taking place in the venue on the floor rather than on the stage with the performer surrounded by the audience to create a nice listening / performing environment there will be 4 quality acts each month including some big local acts trying out new material as well as touring artists from all around the world. This months line up features Keith Burke from Dublin & Emer Dunne and Burningboy from Laois. Last minute cancellations mean a 4th act has to be announced.

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25th 2FM 2mor 2our 4 featuring THE CORONAS, BOSS VOLENTI, JUNO FALLS & local guests Tornado Lovely **

The 4th installment of the 2FM 2mor 2our. Headlined by The Coronas who played here recently to a very large crowd, their star continues to ascend. Also on the bill is Boss Volenti who return after a long absence. The tour is rounded off by Juno Falls, who played a superb gig here last November, and will be opened up by the local guests Tornado Lovely who were picked by 2FM.

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26th ROISIN NiLEATHLOBHAIR (EP Release) + guests Till the Morning Comes & Darragh J Glennon (Free Copy of EP upon entry)

Local singer-songwriter Róisín Ní Leathlóbhair releases her debut E.P. entitled 'Maps Buried in Pockets' on April 26th with a launch gig at The Stables. Róisín will be accompanied by a full band on the night including regular collaborator Mark Noonan on lead guitar. The E.P. was recorded at VeeBee Studios in Westmeath by Vinny Baker, who also produced and mastered the recording.

Róisín Ní Leathlóbhair has been quietly making a name for herself around the country for some time now, gigging mainly in Dublin and Mullingar and opening for many top class acts such as Jenny Lindfors, Juno Falls, The Blood Red Mountain Band, The Aftermath, Alphastates, Ann Scott and Katell Keineg to name but a few. Róisín has said she plans to explore and develop her music both on stage and off before going back into studio again this summer to record her debut album.

Make sure to get down to The Stables early on April 26th as the first 50 people will receive a free copy of the 'Maps Buried in Pockets' E.P.

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28th EQUINOX JAZZ QUARTET play the music of Thelonious Monk 9pm

The Equinox is the time at which day and night are of equal length. It is a time of balance within a continually shifting process, and a period of stability in between extremes.

The four members of the jazz quartet Equinox are like minded in their desire to balance opposing musical forces; tension and resolution, dissonance and consonance, innovation and tradition. The quartet consists of three Americans and an Irishman, all coming from different backgrounds, yet all working together to express a common sense of balance and harmony.

Equinox is based in The Netherlands, where all the band members have made their home. All of the members of the quartet are steeped in the jazz tradition, which continually informs their search for personal avenues of expression in improvisation and composition. Among the band's strengths is a vast and wide ranging repertoire that includes originals by all band members, modern and classic jazz pieces, and choice American songbook standards. Equinox will be touring Ireland in April and May of 2008 in a project devoted to performing the music of the great composer and Pianist Thelonious Monk.

Guitarist Dan Nicholas hails from New York City. He first came to The Netherlands in 2000 with pianist Barry Harris to participate in jazz workshops at the Royal Dutch Conservatory in The Hague. While living stateside, Nicholas received a Bachelor's degree at New York University, and performed with George Braith, Leroy Williams, and Jimmy Lovelace. Nicholas moved to the Netherlands in 2002 and attended conservatory there while playing in numerous jazz ensembles.

Tenor Saxophonist Chris Johansen was born in Seattle Washington, and moved to Boston in 1999 to attend the highly esteemed New England Conservatory Jazz Program. There he studied with master saxophonists Steve Lacy, Jerry Bergonzi, and George Garzone. Johansen moved to The Netherlands in 2003, and has become one of the most respected tenor saxophonists in the country, performing with trumpeter Philip Harper, and top Dutch Pianists Juraj Stanik and Frans Elsen.

Double Bassist Johnny Daly is a native of Dublin Ireland, and has resided in The Netherlands since 2003. Daly received a London Guild Hall diploma in Jazz Performance and played with guitarist Louis Stewart (of the George Shearing Quintet) while living in Ireland. During his time in Holland he finished a study at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, while performing locally and touring Ireland with Dutch master drummer Eric Ineke.

Drummer Anthony Davis came to The Netherlands in 2007 from his hometown of Talahassee Florida, by way of Los Angeles. He has been active in various music scenes for over 20 years and aside from his dedication to jazz, he has performed in many top blues bands throughout Florida and Los Angeles. An extremely versatile and sensitive accompanist, Davis has been much in demand as a sideman, and has performed with the likes of Kenny Burrell and Marcus Roberts.

Equinox has existed as a working quartet since the fall of 2007, but with the exception of newcomer Davis, who moved to Holland in the summer of 2007, the group's members have been playing together for a long time. Nicholas and Daly originally began working as a guitar/bass duo, but have been performing together in a great variety of contexts for the past four years, both in Holland and abroad. Currently, they hold a bi-weekly residence at The Hague's "Pavlov Bar and Restaurant," a venue that has become a center for jazz in The Hague. Every Sunday afternoon at Pavlov, Nicholas, Daly and Davis perform with the legendary Dutch pianist Frans Elsen, often with Johansen joining. Tuesday nights offer the trio of Nicholas, Daly, and drummer Rene Winter, accompanying a different guest weekly. A short list of guest soloists that have performed at Pavlov reads as a who's who of Dutch Jazz including: Saxophonists John Ruocco, Ferdinand Povel and Ben Herman; Trumpeters Phil Harper and Ack Van Royen; Pianists Peter Bates and Juraj Stanik.

Johnny Daly toured Ireland in the spring of 2005 with a quintet that included Chris Johansen on tenor sax before Johansen left Holland for two years to work in America. In April of 2007, the Nicholas/Daly/Winter trio with Alto saxophonist Marco Kegel and Tenor Saxophonist Simon Rigter made a nine-city tour of Ireland playing the music of Lennie Tristano. In the spring of 2007, Nicholas and Daly recorded a CD entitled Reflections, which was released on the Dutch jazz label Maxanter Records. The recording emphasizes the guitar trio format, but features guest appearances by alto saxophonist Marco Kegel, and American trumpeter Philip Harper (Verve recording artist and former member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers).

Following Anthony Davis' arrival in Holland, and Johansen's return, Nicholas and Daly found the ideal partners for forming a regular working group. The result is Equinox, an ensemble that balances melodic lyricism with harmonic adventurousness, dynamic subtlety with rhythmic fire, and jazz tradition with personal discovery.

** Free Gig in the Stables Venue

David McLynn
Bookings - The Stables
The Yukon Bar,
11 Dominick Street,

087 7733565
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